JetBlue Airlines is lending a helpful hand to public officials who want to fly into New England to attend the memorial service for fallen Sheriff’s Deputy Eugene Cole.
Cole, 62, was killed and shot while on patrol in Norridgewock, Maine on April 23. The shooting death led to a massive manhunt for the alleged suspect, John Williams, who was captured four days later.
Those who knew and worked with Cole said he was an exemplary police officer who treated all people, including those he arrested, humanely and with respect.
A memorial service will be held for Cole on Monday in the Skowhegan and Bangor communities in Maine, and more than 8,000 attendees are expected. The nearest airports are Logan International Airport in Boston and Portland International in Maine.
JetBlue spokespeople told Bangor Daily News that their airline company will continue its tradition of offering free flights to any public official who wishes to fly in and attend the memorial for Cole. Tickets have reportedly been offered to officials in distant cities like Chicago, Orlando and Phoenix.